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NiSource Inc is an utilities—regulated gas business based in the US. NiSource shares (NI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. NiSource employs 8,363 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.9 billion.

How to buy shares in NiSource

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for NiSource. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: NI. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until NiSource reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$24.62, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of NiSource, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of NiSource. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted NiSource's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, NiSource's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$24.62, which is 17.60% down on its pre-crash value of USD$29.88 and 25.87% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$19.56.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of NiSource shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$700.27 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$826.49.

NiSource share price

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NiSource shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-23.
Latest market close USD$24.62
52-week range USD$19.0681 - USD$29.694
50-day moving average USD$23.5797
200-day moving average USD$23.3495
Wall St. target price USD$26.46
PE ratio 49.4792
Dividend yield USD$0.84 (3.51%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.482

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Is it a good time to buy NiSource stock?

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NiSource price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $24.62 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-16) 24.62
1 month (2020-10-26) 1.53%
3 months (2020-08-24) 6.90%
6 months (2020-05-22) 6.63%
1 year (2019-11-22) -6.60%
2 years (2018-11-23) -4.09%
3 years (2017-11-24) -8.95%
5 years (2015-11-24) 26.13%

Is NiSource under- or over-valued?

Valuing NiSource stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of NiSource's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

NiSource's P/E ratio

NiSource's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 49x. In other words, NiSource shares trade at around 49x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

NiSource's PEG ratio

NiSource's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.8824. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into NiSource's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

NiSource's EBITDA

NiSource's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a NiSource's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

NiSource financials

Revenue TTM USD$4.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 23.33%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.17%
Return on equity TTM -4.28%
Profit margin -4.96%
Book value $11.863
Market capitalisation USD$9.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting NiSource shares

There are currently 5.0 million NiSource shares held short by investors – that's known as NiSource's "short interest". This figure is 0.9% up from 5.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting NiSource shares can be evaluated.

NiSource's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

NiSource's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of NiSource shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of NiSource shares traded daily (recently around 3.4 million). NiSource's SIR currently stands at 1.47. In other words for every 100,000 NiSource shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1470 shares are currently held short.

However NiSource's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of NiSource shares, or, against the total number of tradable NiSource shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case NiSource's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 NiSource shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0177% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable NiSource shares, roughly 18 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against NiSource.

Find out more about how you can short NiSource stock.

NiSource's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like NiSource.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

NiSource's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 34.8

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and NiSource's overall score of 34.8 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 68th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like NiSource is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

NiSource's environmental score

Environmental score: 18.2/100

NiSource's environmental score of 18.2 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that NiSource is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

NiSource's social score

Social score: 13.52/100

NiSource's social score of 13.52 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that NiSource is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

NiSource's governance score

Governance score: 6.58/100

NiSource's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that NiSource is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

NiSource's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. NiSource scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that NiSource hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

NiSource Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 34.8
Total ESG percentile 68.02
Environmental score 18.2
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 13.52
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 6.58
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 3

NiSource share dividends

59%

Dividend payout ratio: 58.74% of net profits

Recently NiSource has paid out, on average, around 58.74% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.51% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), NiSource shareholders could enjoy a 3.51% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In NiSource's case, that would currently equate to about $0.84 per share.

NiSource's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

NiSource's most recent dividend payout was on 20 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have NiSource's shares ever split?

NiSource's shares were split on a 2545:1000 basis on 2 July 2015. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2545 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your NiSource shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 60.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for NiSource shares which in turn could have impacted NiSource's share price.

NiSource share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, NiSource's shares have ranged in value from as little as $19.0681 up to $29.694. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while NiSource's is 0.2311. This would suggest that NiSource's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

NiSource overview

NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, operates as a regulated natural gas and electric utility company in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. It provides natural gas service and transportation for residential, commercial, and industrial customers; generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and wholesale and transmission transaction services. The company owns and operates two coal-fired electric generating stations with a capacity of 2,080 megawatts (MW); combined cycle gas turbine with a capacity of 571 MW; three gas-fired generating units with a capacity of 186 MW; and two hydroelectric generating plants with a capacity of 10 MW. It serves approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, and Massachusetts; and 476,000 electricity customers in the northern part of Indiana. The company was formerly known as NIPSCO Industries, Inc. and changed its name to NiSource Inc. in April 1999. NiSource Inc. was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana.

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